About ihub

The Educational Research & Innovation Hub (ihub) is a dynamic incubation entity focused in the Educational Technology (EdTech) sector.

ihub facilitates collaboration amongst educators, students, parents, researchers, industry leaders, and ihub Portfolio Companies to enhance and innovate the modern education experience and foster local economic development and growth.

ihub provides technical assistance, professional services, education connections, and EdTech business connections through a combination of in-house expertise, partnership shared services, and a network of industry and community support.

Powered by the District School Board of Niagara, ihub is the first educational technology incubator in North America to be located inside a K-12 school facility. Our community-minded space is supported by educational partners, Brock University and Niagara College, and by our Regional Innovation Centre, Innovate Niagara.

Our Commitments

  • A Facility

    • A multi-Portfolio Company space in which new and expanding EdTech businesses can locate during their critical developmental stages.
    • A dedicated collaborative space within a K-12 facility.
  • Portfolio Company Services

    • Direct access to engaged ihub Education Partners; K-20 inclusive
    • Professional services across critical divisions; research, piloting, financing, planning, coaching, mentorship, etc.
    • Access to shared centralized services with Innovate Niagara and other valued Partners
    • Access to preferred vendors and resources; special rates negotiated
    • Direct networking with key education industry contacts, and other like-minded entrepreneurial individuals and projects
    • Exposure of Portfolio Company existence and successes
  • Corporate Services

    • Attendance, participation, and production of educational industry conferences and events.
    • Contract research and select professional services at fee-for-service
  • Community

    • Outreach communications
    • Hosting and producing industry events
    • Post-secondary bursaries and scholarships; currently committed to DSBN Academy
    • Hosting and producing Encore and after-school programs
    • Hosting and producing professional development programs for DSBN educators and administrators
    • Foster youth community commitment and involvement in Niagara region
    • Promote entrepreneurial mindset in youth and regional community as a whole
    • Build valuable, interconnected ecosystem –business, education, community, and around again

Our Services

  • Professional Services

    • Earn-A-Device Technology Enabled Educator
    • EdTech Research and Development
    • STEAM Professional Development
    • Education Leadership Professional Development
    • Entrepreneurship Development Program
    • Maker Faire events
  • Research

    • Data collection
    • Feedback sessions
    • Gap analysis
    • Product performance testing
    • Proof of concept
    • Prototype development
    • White papers
  • Facilities

    • 2,100 sq ft of space
    • Audio-visual equipment
    • Clerical assistance
    • Event space opportunities
    • Flex lease terms
    • Flex office space
    • Printing services
    • Utilities included


    • Create valuable impact in EdTech industry; regionally, nationally, and internationally
    • Foster local post-secondary initiatives through DSBN, Brock University, and Niagara College collaboration
    • Support DSBN K-12 students in post-secondary uptake
    • Cultivate and celebrate innovative K-12 educators
    • Foster entrepreneurship in K-12 student community
    • Incorporate entrepreneurial, collaborative ecosystem into the Niagara region
    • Improve local economy through increased job creation and retention in the Niagara region
    • Create greater opportunities for public-private partnerships

Our Team

Innovative Educators